Federal spending plan reimburses New York City for Trump security

Posted May 04, 2017

On Sunday, a federal spending agreement was reached that includes a full reimbursement for the funds New York City spent on securing Trump Tower and keeping the newly elected president's family safe during his transition.

Another roughly $60 million would be set aside in a rare provision to reimburse localities, like New York City and Palm Beach County in Florida, that have incurred "extraordinary law enforcement personnel costs" associated with protecting Trump's residences since Election Day.

First lady Melania Trump and son Barron are expected to move from Trump Tower to the White House this summer.

Former NYPD Lt. Dr. Darrin Porcher says the tax payer may still carry a burden if a long term solution is not in place.

According to the New York Times, an additional $23 million is earmarked for the costs of outfitting Trump Tower, the office and residential building owned by the president, with "the necessary equipment and personnel, as well as to rent space inside the building for agency personnel".

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio thanked New York's lawmakers for helping pass the measure.

While millions of Americans continue fighting for their rights and protest against budget cuts, President Donald Trump and his family continue living a lavish lifestyle.

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Previously, Congress had approved $7 million to reimburse local law enforcement for the costs of protecting Trump.

The budget agreement comes as NYPD officials prepare for Trump's first visit back to his hometown Thursday since his inauguration - which could cost the city up to $308,000 per day, according to early estimates put out by the department.

"It is ridiculous to expect local law enforcement... to bear the extraordinary and ongoing costs of protecting the President of the United States", Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who helped lead the state's congressional delegation in making the reimbursement request, said in a statement on Monday.

"They worked tirelessly over the past several months to make sure these costs are paid for by the federal government", de Blasio said.

"That is clearly a national security concern, and paying for it should be a federal responsibility".

New York's famous Fifth Avenue, the home of Trump Tower and the president's NY address, is lined with metal police barricades for crowd control.

Trump, who has not visited the city since he took the presidential oath, is scheduled to meet Australia's prime minister at the Intrepid museum before heading to his golf course in New Jersey, where he'll reportedly stay for the rest of his Tri-State visit.